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By Chuck on 07-13-15
Not Harry Dresden - Thank God!
I think I'm just saturated with the current trends in so-called "paranormal adventures." I'm full to the brim with all the Buffy-esque cliches of secret societies, vampire cabals, werewolf packs, wizard colleges, super-clandestine anti-monster government alphabet agencies and the rest. Just the other day I was pining for something - if you'll forgive the expression - a little more down to earth.
BAM! Along come Misters Bain and Castleton. The overall atmosphere of these stories actually reminds me a bit of the Silver John stories by Manly Wade Wellman. The "paranormal" is very personal, very local, which for me makes it much creepier than the more outrageous adventures of Harry, Buffy, and the other way-too-superhero heroes. I can enjoy a good Dresden story, but the settings, characters and plots are so extravagant that it's simply a fable, a myth to me.
Will Castleton's adventures, however, hit a little closer to home. Indeed, the only monsters you will meet in these tales (for the most part) are the real ones that we *all* have to contend with - human beings gone bad. Add to that a nicely paced, flowing style and a great narrator, and - for my money - Mr. Bain's work stands up to the best of 'em.
Frankly, I think he has found the voice that the much-overrated Mr. King has - IMHO - tried for but never really achieved.
Keep them coming, David Bain!
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By Hyrina on 08-05-14
Would you consider the audio edition of Death Sight to be better than the print version?
Well, that's all a matter of opinion. Some people like reading more than listening and vice versa. Having read and then listened to it though, I will say it was nice to be able to listen to the story while I was doing other things with my eyes and hands.
What about James Foster’s performance did you like?
He has a pleasant voice that fits the main character. I also liked his pacing. Sometimes in audiobooks, the narrator reads slower than I'd like.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Unfortunately I couldn't listen to it all in one sitting because I lack the focus most of the time. However, I listened to the first half in small spurts and finished the second half in one sitting. So I'd say it's riveting enough to make me want to.
Any additional comments?
I suggest reading the four short stories about Will Castleton if you enjoyed this. If you look the author up on Amazon, you should be able to find them fairly easily. Also, Weed by David Bain and Daryl Burns takes place in Green River, the town that Will is from that he visits in this book
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